Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Growing Up Wild Schoolhouse Review 2012

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           My son Alyx who just turned 14 this Summer has shown an increasing interest in doing mission work, and not someday but soon. Most likely a Summer mission trip with the youth from Church. I was given the opportunity to review Growing Up Wild, a set of DVDs that chronicle the life of the Wild family who are full time missionaries in Indonesia. I was excited to be chosen as I thought this would be an excellent way to study missionary life and help Alyx get a better feel for what it is truly like to do be  a missionary. The DVDs are geared for ages 5-12 but I figured Alyx and Taylor would both benefit from viewing them.

            We received 2 of the DVD's, Volume 1 and Volume 4, each DVD comes with 3 episodes, approximately 15 minutes in length for each making viewing time just under an hour for the entire DVD. You do not just get the DVD though, including in each is an accompanying CD that has PDF files that contain activities that go hand in hand with each episode.  The DVDs bring you into the lives of The Wilds (Mike and Libby, Morgan, Hudson, Kian, and Asher) are missionaries in Indonesia (Papua), to the Wano people. My boys were excited that they could learn about other boys being missionaries, easier I guess for them to relate to verses girls. I think girls however would gain as much as my boys did, I just think it is easier for my boys to relate to other boys.

       Volume 1 taught us what the Wild boys called home, what their house consisted of and how they lived in it. My boys favorite part of the first DVD was going on a supply hunt, to gather needed items. We were all surprised to learn that the Wild family uses Solar Energy to help power their home. We were also delighted to see they also used this alternative energy to access running water for their home. My boys are all about being eco friendly so this aspect was particularly interesting to them.

     Volume 4 took a different turn as we followed the Wild boys on their adventures of interacting with wild life in Indonesia. As we settled in we then learned about the Wano Culture and lastly about how Missionaries, Icebergs and the body of Christ are alike. My boys favorite aspect of this DVD was the wildlife of course, there is something to be said about boys and animals, insects, and reptiles. Me I would rather see them through plate glass at the zoo. If you asked my kids they would tell you I am "such a girl", and my answer to that is "Why yes, yes I am, thank you for reminding me."

     The journey for the Wild family does not stop where we left off, there are 5 DVDs in the collection so that leaves 9 more stories to be told. My kids are hoping the rest of these end up under our Christmas Tree this coming Christmas. The DVDs sell for $18.99 each or take advantage of a 15% savings and purchase the whole collection for $80.99. My kids have watched these more times than I can count  so it is definitely something your kids would enjoy over and over again, and with the added benefit of the activities on the CD you can incorporate this into your homeschool curriculum by using one episode a week. Then diving deeper with the additional activities. This would also be a beneficial resource for Sunday School, Youth Groups, homeschool co-op, kids Bible Study, and youth missions groups, as well as any other Youth activities you may think would benefit from this resource.

    In closing I think that these DVDs gave my boys, as well as our whole family a much better understanding of what it is like to be a missionary. It has left my son with a deeper yearning to do mission work. He is excited to help do God's work with foreign people, many of which do not have the freedom to worship God. I believe God is leading my son's heart to do mission work and although it is sometimes scary to me, I feel that after watching these DVDs and learning about the Wild family I am more at peace with it.

    Be sure to visit the Growing Up Wild website and learn more about the Wild boys by reading their blog. You can also watch video clips from the DVDs to get a better feel of how the material is presented. After watching the video clips you can read more about the Wild family and gain a deeper understanding about their family. Then when you are finished I am sure you will be heading over to their online store to purchase the entire collection of Growing Up Wild.

   As always click on the banner below and see what the rest of the Schoolhouse Review Crew had to say about Growing Up Wild. We are winding down our reviews for this year this week, but be sure to check back often as we have Blog Hops and Cruises as well as Crew member Spotlights to keep you entertained until we return with more reivews of top homeschooling resources in January. Enjoy your Christmas Season and I will see you next year in 2013 with more reviews as I cruise along on my second year with the Schoolhouse Review Crew.


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